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Our curriculum

Woodlands School is committed to providing a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which engages, motivates, excites and challenges our learners whilst preparing them for the future. Through careful planning and delivery, our curriculum is differentiated and personalised to meet the needs of our learners, enabling them to reach their potential and prepare them to take their place in society. We believe our pupils deserve the best provision possible and therefore we have high expectations and regularly review and evaluate the curriculum to ensure it is fit for purpose. 


We strongly believe that our provision:

  • Is broad and balanced with the flexibility to meet individual needs.
  • Reflects progression and be differentiated to support the range of learners that we have in school.
  • Promotes spiritual, moral, social, cultural and physical development
  • Promotes creativity in learning.
  • Uses the community as an outside class room to reinforce the work that we do in school.
  • Prepares pupils for the transition to adolescence and adulthood
  • Engages parents in partnerships that will enhance the pupil’s cognitive, emotional and social development.
  • Operates within a clear framework of planning, assessment and reporting


A significant number of our pupils have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). Our offer to meet the needs of these pupils includes a dedicated, specialised curriculum with range of teaching methods, interventions, approaches and strategies to promote and encourage good progress and access to the curriculum. In addition to this, we also offer a personalised curriculum and assessment (ImPACTS) for our pupils with profound and multiple learning disabilities.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage children follow the areas of learning and development as outlined in the early years statutory framework. These are:-

  • Communication Language and Literacy
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children follow an adapted National Curriculum. This helps to ensure breadth and balance but is tailored appropriately to meet the very individual needs of our children. Our curriculum incorporates a variety of strategies and approaches personalised to small group and individual needs. Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 curriculum is topic based. Early Years and Key Stage 1 follow a 2 year cycle and KS2 a 4 year cycle.


Pupils use a variety of augmented approaches to develop and support their communication skills. For example, Intensive Interaction, communication aids, Sign Along and symbols including the Pictorial Exchange System (PECS). At Woodlands school we use the community as an outside class room to reinforce the work that we do in school. Children may swim at the local sports centre or visit a local museum or café. We also invite musicians, storytellers and theatre groups into school. An overnight residential is offered to a group of pupils in the summer term.


In addition to this pupils have access to a number of targeted supportive strategies that support them in overcoming potential barriers to their learning. Some of these strategies are:

  • Forest School
  • Rebound Therapy
  • Horse Riding
  • Sensory Integration
  • Intensive Interaction
  • Attention Autism
  • Music Therapy
  • Hydro Therapy
  • Reading and writing interventions


To find out more about our curriculum please contact us, or make an appointment with your child's class teacher.

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